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About Us

What We Do

Consultant Training Australia is run by Ian Benjamin and his associates.

We serve consulting firms, internal consulting units, professional fee based firms, associations of consultants (and other professions) and independent consultants.

We train, we facilitate and we consult.

Who Are We


I'm Ian Benjamin, Principal Consultant and Executive Director of CTA since 1987. Andrew Crawford has joined CTA as Senior Consultant in 2017. My colleagues who represent CTA are Dr Renee Lim, Margaret Pimblett, Helen Fletcher and Glenda May.

In the late 1980's I joined a group of seven independent consultants once a month for lunch. Our agenda was that each person either 'brought a problem or brought a solution' to the meeting. This combined with my background in commerce and education led to taking an interest in and advising consultants on how to develop their businesses.

My business was originally working with clients from my merchant banking days. Then I contracted to the Australian Merchant Bankers' Association and in 1991 ran my first 'How to be a Successful Consultant course'.

My career background is on LinkedIn and is characterised by not staying too long at any one place, but all of them good places to be. In essence, it involves 6 years in marketing, 6 years in education (lecturing, teaching, administration and leadership) and 6 years of banking and finance. Some of these were composite roles.

In training consultants, these three elements were integrated. The connection with banking and finance is that I was continually assessing the viability of other people's business plans. Some of the principles in assessing viability from a banker's point of view are equally valid in considering how successful a consultancy might become: plausibility of business idea; functionality of business model; awareness of cash flow; commerciality of the applicant, character - amongst others.


Professional Bodies


To whom we have delivered services either directly or to their members:

  • AAAC - Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants (1994 - 2009)
  • CPA Australia - Certified Practising Accountants (1994 - 2012 - every year EY)
  • CAVAL - Co-operative Action by Victorian Academic Libraries (2004 - 2009 EY)
  • PMI - Project Management Institute of Australia (2004 - 2009)
  • AIM - Australian Institute of Management (1995 - 2010)
  • Chartered Secretaries Ltd (2009)
  • Australian Merchant Bankers' Association (1988- 1989)
  • The Securities Institute of Australia (1992-1999 EY)
  • APADA - Australian Petroleum Distributors' Association (1992-1995)
  • NZ Association of Consulting Engineers

Government entities

  • ADF - Australian Defence Force - as a presenter in their 'Resettlement Programs' in the ACT, Vic, Qld and NSW.
  • Leadership Wimmera - presentation skills training in their Leadership Courses
  • La Trobe University - lecturing in Marketing subjects for their off-shore under graduate degree courses.

Consulting firms (as a partner)

  • Adaptive Frameworks
  • Hunter Consultants
  • Kelloway Lonsdale
  • KPMG

Client Lists

Some of our clients prior to 2012

Alliance Consulting Group (Q, ACT)

AMP Services (N)

Association of Consulting Engineers of New Zealand

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists & Managers of Aust. (V, N, Q)

Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants (V, Q, N, T, SA, WA)

Association of Australian Careers Consultants

ATEL Employment Services

Australian Catholic University (N)

Ball Solutions Group (ACT, N, V, SA, Q)

Apis Consulting Group (ACT, Q)

BHP Steel (N)

Business Education Centre (V)

BHP Research (V)

Birchmore Consulting (WA)

Business Objects (N, V)

CAVAL:  Co-op Action by Vic Academic Libraries (NZ, Q, V, N, SA, WA)

Chamber of Women in Business (ACT)

Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd (Q, N, V)


CPA Australia (V, N, Q, SA, WA, T, ACT)

Context Pty Ltd (V)

Clayton Utz (V, N, Q)

Deakin University (V)

Department of Defence (ACT, V, Q)

Colonial First State (N)

Ericsson Communications (V)

Commerce Queensland

Department of Urban Services (ACT)

Commonwealth Rehabilitation Services (Q)

Department of Education & ECD (IT)  (V)

Department of Defence:  Education T&D (N)

Enersonics Pty Ltd (V)

Drager Safety Pacific Pty Ltd (V)

Honeywell Business Solutions (WA)

Energex Shared Services (Q)

Insurance Australia Group (V)

Enterprise Support (V)

iNova Pharmaceuticals Ltd (N)

Hassall & Associates (N)

Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific (N)

Innogence Ltd (V)

Mobil Engineering (Aust, NZ, South Pacific)

Mayne Group (V)

Mindshop International (Aust’n Conf)

Macromedia P/L (Aust-NZ Conference)

Ndvr Pty Ltd (V)

Mercer Consulting (V, N)

NMIT Corporate Services (V)

Mercer Wealth Creation (V, N, Aust)

Noetic Solutions Pty Ltd (ACT)

National Institute of Accountants (V)

Novare Pty Ltd  (Aust)

New England Information Tech. (N)

Optus (Shared Services) (N)

Orica Engineering Shared Services (V, N)

Power Business Systems (WA)

Project Management Institute N, V, Q, ACT

Pacific Micromarketing (N, V)

Queensland Fire & Rescue

Pronto Software (V)

Schneider-Electrics (Aust)

Santos HR (Q)

Synermedica Pty Ltd (V, N)

RMIT University (V)

Thunderhead Pty Ltd (N)

Suncorp CI (N)

Urban Initiatives P/L (V)

Tectura (N – Aust)

University of South Australia

The IQ Business Group (N, V)

University of Melbourne

Toshiba (Shared Services) Australia (N)

University of Western Australia

Victoria University (V)

University of the Sunshine Coast (Q)



Names of more recent clients available to prospective clients upon request

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